Bolstering the will to fight terror

first_imgThe power to name an individual as a terrorist conferred on the government under the amended UAPA Bill has raised the hackles of some. This is understandable as those opposed to this particular section of the Bill have also often been at the forefront of pushing the narrative of talks with terrorists, have argued for the need to reach out to separatists and have always negatively portrayed Indian investigating agencies and armed forces. While speaking on the UAPA in Lok Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah was very clear on why the amended Bill made provision for designating individuals as terrorists. Terrorism, Shah reminded the House, is a mindset, you cannot tackle it effectively by simply banning an organisation, banning an organisation leads the concerned terrorists to immediately open another front in another name and at another location and continue operating with impunity. It was, therefore, necessary for the mindset be encountered, and to effectively do that it is necessary to also be able to designate individuals as terrorists. The fronts will not be able to act as covers anymore. Also Read – A special kind of bondAmit Shah’s stand on terrorism has been consistently uncompromising. We shall come to that but who are those who have a problem with the amended UAPA and NIA Bill? Who are those who protest that the NIA should not be conferred the power to attach property, to investigate crimes “including those committed outside India against the Indian citizens or affecting the interest of India” abroad? Who are these people who say that extending the NIA’s investigative powers to investigate human trafficking, cyber-crimes and counterfeit currency rackets will be impinging on the federal spirit? Why should these networks and interest groups be concerned, why should they ask what the definition of Indian interests abroad is? Is it difficult to understand what that is? Is the memory of blasts at the Indian Embassy in Kabul in 2008 already begun to fade away from the minds of these people? Why should they oppose this will to investigate crimes committed against Indian citizens abroad? After all, should not a power aspiring to great power status and emerging as a civilizational state be, both keen and capable, of protecting its assets and citizens beyond its shores? Should it also not have agencies that are empowered to investigate crimes aimed at it and committed beyond its shores? Also Read – Insider threat managementThe answers to the above questions are simple, these are elements who have, in the past, supported or kept silent when the demand for India’s dismemberment was made, who had jumped to defend the cries of “Bharat tere Tukde Tukde” and pass these off as callow or legitimate expressions of freedom of expression and dissent, these are those elements who had called any attempt to counter these demands of India’s disintegration as fascistic attempts to muzzle dissent. These are those elements who tried to justify these cries despite knowing well that these originated from the stable of terrorists who have declared war against India. These are people who have comprehensively and systematically carried out a campaign in support of Naxals and Naxalism, have tried to justify the Naxal ideology of trying to overthrow the Indian state, to defile and desecrate India’s democratic structures, and to destroy the Constitution. Since the UAPA and NIA pose a challenge, among other things, to the spread of the Naxal ideology and will especially make it difficult for Urban Naxals to operate and to camouflage their acts, the hackles have been raised. The argument that the federal spirit will be impinged upon, is simply an alibi. When did those who are opposing the expansion of these powers really believe in the federal spirit? MPS from the Muslim League, the AIMIM led by Osaduddin Owaisi, Muslim members of BSP, National Conference and AUDF’s Badruddin Ajmal opposed both the NIA and UAPA Bills. Since their politics thrives on generating the victimhood narrative this was expected of them, the communist parties also opposed the Bills and walked out, they have a long record of pandering to separatism and to insurgents. This has gradually shrunk them and is increasingly making them irrelevant electorally. Amit Shah has always been firm and consistent in his approach to tackling terrorism. The intensification of the drive to expose terror and terror funding networks in the Valley, in the past few weeks, the attaching of properties of separatists such Asiya Andrabi and others is proof of Shah’s will to fight terror. For those who thrive on external resources channelised in order to generate a false narrative of India, who work to light flashpoints and to subvert India’s unity these are naturally difficult times. As Home Minister of Gujarat in the past, Shah had a similar approach to tackling terror. He always argued that the effort of counter-terrorism must never be held hostage to the narrative of human rights. For him it was essential that in this fight one had to ensure that the morale of the security agencies was never adversely affected, it was thus necessary that the fear of the security agencies was instilled in the minds of terrorists. In our newly released political study “Amit Shah and the March of the BJP”, we have looked at how as Home Minister of Gujarat, Shah had also argued that the repealing of POTA would prove detrimental to our will and capabilities of fighting terror. That stand of his continues to be undiluted. In fact, we have recorded how in the immediate aftermath of the Ahmedabad serial blasts in 2008, Shah had “called for a larger debate on how terrorism needed to be tackled and eventually eliminated. “Shah had then made” very poignant but bold suggestions. He had argued that there was a need to have a legal provision to limit the debate on terrorism by non-governmental organisations and that the police’s zero-tolerance against terrorism–a line that Shah had taken then and continues to take now–should not be viewed from the premise of human rights. The police’s zero-tolerance against terrorism itself is people’s human rights. Ultimately, the police is acting to protect innocent peoples’ human rights, Shah had then said. He had cautioned that if this was not done, then in order to gain “popularity–in the absence of understanding and sometimes deliberately – NGOs were helping the motives of terrorists”. He had called for stronger laws to “punish terrorists” and had opposed “any debates that would demoralise the approach of security agencies to fight them”. It was this uncompromising stand of his that made Amit Shah unpopular among those separatism-championing NGOs and a section of the political class especially among the communists and the Congress party. But Shah has himself always made it clear, that when it comes to India’s national security, unity and sovereignty it is going to be a tough and undiluted approach. His approach now as Union Home Minister continues to be the same. His positions, arguments and articulations on the NIA and UAPA Bill have come across as deeply deliberated and meant to protect these fundamentals of India. There is nothing roughshod about them. (Dr. Anirban Ganguly is Director, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Bridgital aims to bridge urbanrural divide through Artificial Intelligence

first_imgNew Delhi: Acknowledging the huge chasm that exists between rural and urban communities – be it in levels of education and medical access or between aspirations and achievement – a new book offers real solutions to tackle these challenges using technologies of the future, including mobile-ready solutions driven by Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI). “Bridgital Nation: Solving Technology’s People Problem”, co-authored by Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons and Roopa Purushothaman, Chief Economist and Head of Policy Advocacy, Tata Sons has been acquired by Penguin Random House India to be published under the Allen Lane imprint, known for advancing original and transformative ideas, and some of the most distinguished titles in serious non-fiction. It will be released in September 2019. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Using new digital technology to address some of the biggest challenges in the country – such as access to quality jobs, better healthcare and skill-based education – the authors examine unique and novel programmes that would connect Indians, creating a network of services to be delivered when and where they are most required. From healthcare to education to business, the model can be applied in various sectors. By a conservative estimate, it could create and impact 30 million jobs by 2025, a statement said. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “The process of writing this book has further cemented my belief that the adoption of Bridgital-AI, Cloud and related technologies in a deliberate manner-is the 21st century answer to India’s, and to many of the developing world’s, most perpetual challenges. Bridgital thinking makes the most of what India has, and gives the country what it most needs. “As a practitioner, the book’s structure reflects an effort to be closely connected to realities on the ground. In doing so, I hope this work will contribute to an educated and fruitful debate on India’s (as well as other countries’) growth and development path,” Natarajan Chandrasekaran said. Written over the course of the past two years, the book “is filled with real-life narratives of people grappling with access and employment. It is also supported by numbers and analyses that ground the various stories in fact. The reality is, the future will be one of humans and technology working together. It’s this future India will have to anticipate and design for, keeping its young workforce, infrastructure, and linguistic and cultural diversity in mind”, Roopa Purushothaman said. “We are thrilled to be bringing Chandrasekaran’s grand vision to the world in the form of this book. It will be published under the prestigious Allen Lane imprint, befitting a subject as significant as this. “Chandrasekaran offers an ingenious solution to the coming disruption of AI, where India could emerge a world leader in transforming the path ahead,” Meru Gokhale, publisher of Penguin Press, Penguin Random House India, said. “It has been a tremendous experience to work with Chandrasekaran and Roopa Purushothaman on this project. It is like being part of a huge transformation we all are about to witness that will overturn many presumptions. This ground-breaking vision is set to change the narrative of India’s future policies and influence a whole host of sectors,” Richa Burman, Associate Commissioning Editor for Penguin Press, Penguin Random House India, said.last_img read more

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6 killed 15 injured as bus rams into truck in Maha

first_imgPune: At least six people were killed and 15 others injured when a bus rammed into a stationary truck in Satara district of Maharashtra on Thursday morning, a police official said.The accident took place around 5 am near Mhasave village, located nearly 110 km from here, on Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway no. 4, he said. The private bus was going from Mumbai to Belagavi in Karnataka when it hit the truck on its rear side near Mhasave village, the official said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On getting information about the incident, the Satara police and ambulances rushed to the spot. “At least six people, including the bus driver, were killed and 15 others injured in the mishap,” Satara’s Superintendent of Police Tejaswi Satpute said. All the injured persons were undergoing treatment at a state-run hospital, she said, adding that the condition of three of them was reported to be serious. As there was low visibility on the road in the early morning hours, the bus driver was apparently not able to see the stationary truck in front. As a result, the bus rammed into it, another police official said. A case was registered and an investigation was on to ascertain the exact cause of the accident, he added.last_img read more

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Delhi court allows Robert Vadra to travel abroad on business

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Friday allowed Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, to travel abroad on business, saying the ED’s apprehension that he might tamper with evidence was without any basis.Special judge Arvind Kumar granted permission to Vadra to travel to Spain from September 21 to October 8. Vadra is facing allegations of money laundering related to purchase of a property in London, at 12, Bryanston Square, worth 1.9 million pounds. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court said in its order that the Enforcement Directorate’s case was based mainly on documentary evidence. “The ED failed to point out any instance when the applicant (Vadra) tampered with the evidence or influence any witness. The apprehension of investigating agency that the applicant may tamper with evidence is without any basis,” it said. “The applicant is resident of Delhi and has deep roots in society, his family is based in India and his properties are also situated in India…. Thus considering the overall facts and circumstances of the case, the applicant is allowed to visit only Spain from September 20 to October 8, 2019,” it added. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe court said that before leaving the country, Vadra would have to inform the court and the probe agency the address of his stay in Spain along with contact numbers. The court directed him to submit Rs 25 lakh fixed deposit receipt (FDR) with it. It further directed him to inform the court about his arrival within 24 hours and not to tamper with any evidence or try to influence witnesses in the case. “The applicant shall join investigation within 72 hours after being informed by the Investigating Officer. Applicant to submit copy of passport and visa after his arrival from Spain,” the court said. The ED had on Thursday told the court that Vadra may hamper the probe if allowed to travel to Spain and other European countries. The application was an attempt to tamper the evidence and meet the co-accused, it had said. The ED’s submission was, however, opposed by Vadra’s counsel and senior advocate K T S Tulsi, who said that the agency’s allegations were unfounded and that the accused will return. Vadra had on September 9 moved court seeking permission to travel abroad. The court had in June allowed Vadra to travel to the US and Netherlands for six weeks on account of health reasons. It, however, had not allowed Vadra to go to the United Kingdom. The ED had expressed apprehension that the accused may destroy the evidence if allowed to go to the UK.last_img read more

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Supreme Court decision means an end to crossborder beer runs Comeau

first_imgFREDERICTON – A New Brunswick man whose beer run to Quebec in 2012 sparked a constitutional battle over cross-border liquor sales says the Supreme Court of Canada has put an end to his beer-buying trips.Gerard Comeau was reacting Thursday to the court’s decision to affirm the constitutionality of a New Brunswick law that limits the possession of alcohol not purchased through the province’s liquor stores.“If it’s against the law, it’s against the law,” Comeau said in an interview.The unanimous decision effectively preserves the current trade regime, in which provinces have the power to restrict commerce if there is another overriding purpose. In this case, it’s the province’s the desire to control the supply of alcohol.Comeau, who lives in Tracadie, N.B., was fined nearly $300 in 2012 after he bought 14 cases of beer and three bottles of alcohol in Quebec, then tried to bring it all home.He said he received a great deal of support from people across Canada. However, he said he wasn’t surprised by the court’s decision.“According to the Constitution, you’re allowed to go and shop wherever you want in this country, but I guess tax revenues are more important than personal liberties,” he said.Many of his supporters were quick to comment on social media Thursday.One Twitter user said “So we will pay trained terrorists to come back and live in Canada, but you can’t drive a case of beer across the country?”Others said despite the court decision, Canada’s politicians now have a chance to change the laws and improve trade.“The government needs to get out of our nation’s refrigerators!” said one online post.However, the decision was welcomed by Roger Melanson, New Brunswick’s minister responsible for trade policy.“This confirms that the provinces have the right to regulate when it comes to alcoholic beverages. But it also affirms that this is no more a legal issue, it is a trade issue,” he said.Melanson, chairman of the Canadian internal trade committee, said a working group was formed last summer to look at the flow of alcoholic beverages within Canada to determine how it could be improved. A report is expected this July.He said trade policies in Canada need to evolve.“How can we embrace the new technologies and the new ways that consumers consume now? … Could we increase the quantities purchased per individual outside a particular province where you reside?” the minister said.But he stressed that the revenues generated by NB Liquor — about $170 million a year — can’t be overlooked.“That revenue is redistributed within the province for the common good, which includes health-care services, education and infrastructure,” he said.Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst for the Canadian Cancer Society, welcomed the ruling, saying it will help provinces adopt better health, safety and environmental standards.“It is very important that provinces have the ability to have appropriate prices and taxes for products like tobacco and alcohol,” he said. “This decreases consumption, especially among youth, and has a public health benefit.”John Nater, Conservative critic for interprovincial trade, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must change Canada’s trade rules.“Canadians recognize the economic benefits of reducing interprovincial trade barriers. It should not be illegal to work or to transport legal products across provincial lines,” he said.“It is extremely disappointing that the Trudeau Liberals have failed to take a strong stand against barriers to interprovincial trade in the Comeau case.”Corinne Pohlmann, senior vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said the ruling represented a missed opportunity.“We are concerned that the provinces continue to stand behind an archaic principle that flies in the face of everything their internal trade agreement stands for,” she said in a statement.Dan Albas, a Conservative MP from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, introduced federal legislation in 2012 to allow interprovincial trade of wine for personal use.“Unfortunately, it’s not the great leap forward I had hoped for,” Albas said in an interview, adding that the decision amounts to a loss for the public and wineries in general.As an example, he said Nova Scotia’s small, but growing wine industry could be hurt by the ruling.“Small wineries often rely on even smaller marketers; wine labels and website developers and couriers,” Albas said. “There are so many aspects to the wine industry that generates other industries.”last_img read more

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BC officials face challenges in bringing people home after fire evacuations

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – A British Columbia official says getting people to safety as fast-moving wildfires approached was only half the battle — the other half will be returning them home.Al Richmond, chairman of the Cariboo Regional District in B.C.’s central Interior, says the district has hit logistical snags as it prepares to allow the re-entry of residents of 100 Mile House and the surrounding area.“We’re beginning to look at how we can bring you folks home,” he told a public meeting of evacuees gathered in Kamloops on Monday night.“Now, I don’t want you to believe that means you’re coming home tomorrow or at the end of the week. There are many things that have to be done.”More than 40,000 people remain out of their homes as nearly 160 wildfires burn across the province. Residents of Cache Creek, with a population of about 1,000, will be allowed to return home today, while officials look at readying the 100 Mile House area for re-occupancy.But Richmond said it’s no easy task. For example, in 108 Mile House, 105 Mile House and 103 Mile House, the power was off for four or five days. The Canadian Red Cross has said all the spoiled food is hazardous material, he said.“So those fridges and freezes you have in your house are probably going to go, and we’re going to get information about how to dispose of those,” he said.“If you look at (108 Mile House) alone, 1,160 homes, times how many freezers, times how many fridges. Those are some of the logistics of taking you home.”Grocery stores and restaurants will also need to clean out and sanitize their shelves, refrigerators and freezers, and order more food, he added.The district issued a statement that said a comprehensive assessment will be conducted to ensure the integrity of all infrastructure and utilities, such as water, sewer, roads, hydro, natural gas and emergency telephone services.Priority services will also be established, including but emergency healthcare services, waste management services and security, it said.Cache Creek residents will be allowed to go home at 3 p.m. today after being evacuated 10 days ago. Officials with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District said that while the 520-square-kilometre Ashcroft fire continues to grow and burn out of control, the imminent threat to Cache Creek has diminished.But the village will remain on evacuation alert, meaning people must be prepared to leave again at a moment’s notice.A wind-fuelled flare-up of a fire near Williams Lake Saturday forced the evacuation of that city, but Richmond said crews had managed to keep the flames in check about seven kilometres northwest of the community.He said the reason it was evacuated was because the fire breached the road to the north and one exit point was lost.“That’s why it was evacuated. Not because the flames were marching over the hill because some people like to believe, but because in order to get you out safely, calmly, you needed to leave then.”More than 1,880 square kilometres of the province have been burned by wildfires this year, exceeding the entire 2016 fire season.— By Laura Kane in Vancouverlast_img read more

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Supervisors conviction prison term upheld in deadly scaffolding collapse

first_imgTORONTO – A supervisor jailed for a scaffolding collapse in which four men were killed and another was seriously hurt lost his bid on Tuesday to challenge his criminal-negligence conviction and 3 1/2-year sentence.In dismissing his appeal, Ontario’s top court agreed with the trial judge that Vadim Kazenelson had failed to take reasonable steps to prevent what was one of the province’s worst workplace accidents. The appeal, the court found, was largely based on arguments made at trial.“The trial judge’s reasons for conviction and sentence are clear and the chain of reasoning is rooted firmly in his findings of fact,” the Court of Appeal concluded. “He made no legal or other errors.”The case arose on Christmas Eve 2009 after five of six men working for Metron Construction fell about 13 storeys when the swing stage they were on collapsed without warning. Four were killed and one was badly hurt. The sixth worker, who was tethered as required under provincial law and by industry practice, was left dangling in mid-air but was not injured.Kazenelson, Metron’s project manager, was with the workers on the scaffolding when it collapsed. However, he had been holding onto one of only two available safety lifelines and was able to grab a nearby balcony and pull himself to safety, court records show.Evidence was that the supervisor had always strictly enforced the tethering — except on the day of the collapse, when he was running out of time to see the work completed.Superior Court Justice Ian MacDonnell convicted Kazenelson in June 2015 of four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one of causing bodily harm. It was one of the first cases involving a criminal negligence conviction for a workplace accident under 2004 changes to the Criminal Code that require supervisors to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to subordinates.In convicting him, MacDonnell found that Kazenelson knew only two tethers were available on the swing stage for the six workers but failed to rectify the situation.“(Kazenelson) was aware that they were working (30 metres) or more above the ground without lifelines,” the Appeal Court quoted MacDonnell as saying. “He not only did nothing, he permitted all six workers to board the stage together with their tools, and he did so in circumstances where he had no information with respect to the capacity of the stage to safely bear the weight.”On appeal, Kazenelson argued his behaviour did not show a “wanton and reckless disregard” for the workers that would amount to criminal negligence, and MacDonnell’s verdict was therefore unreasonable.The Appeal Court disagreed, saying the question was whether Kazenelson’s conduct constituted a “marked and substantial departure” from what a reasonable supervisor would have done in the circumstances — which should have included considering what would happen if the stage collapsed.“The trial judge fully and adequately addressed the factual issues in the case and the conclusion to which their resolution led him,” the Appeal Court ruled.In appealing the 3 1/2-year sentence on each count to be served concurrently, Kazenelson argued among other things that MacDonnell had ignored the role the workers played in the tragedy.The Appeal Court disagreed, noting prison time was necessary to denounce Kazenelson’s conduct and to deter others in authority from failing to address potentially dangerous workplace situations.“The desire to complete the work that day led the appellant to compromise his duties,” Justice Peter Lauwers wrote for the panel. “The trial judge wrestled anxiously and carefully with the issue of the appellant’s moral blameworthiness and its effect on the sentence (but) I see no error in principle and no merit in the argument that the sentence is unfit.”last_img read more

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Tropical brown booby seabird found shivering injured on Victoria waterfront

first_imgVICTORIA – An unlikely visitor to Vancouver Island is recovering at an animal rescue centre after being found, shivering and injured, on the Victoria waterfront.The female brown booby is receiving treatment while staff at the British Columbia SPCA’s wild animal rehabilitation centre try to figure out how the tropical bird travelled far north of its usual territory.Centre spokeswoman Marguerite Sans said there’s very little research on migration of the brown booby, but the seabirds have been known to travel up to 3,000 kilometres.“Because we know so little about them, it’s not too clear why they might appear this far (north) but I think it might be a combination of this individual going further up the coast and then perhaps storm or weather patterns pushed her up further,” Sans said.A powerful storm packing moisture from east of Hawaii lashed the B.C. coast in the days before the bird was found.When the booby, believed to a young adult, was found Monday it was very ill, suffering from a small puncture to its chest, injuries and abrasions to its feet and was underweight.“Based on her blood work and how thin she is, we are pretty guarded as far as her prognosis because when they get that emaciated they are pretty critical,” Sans said.The bird is too weak to eat whole food so it is on a special diet that will keep its organs from shutting down.Sans said it could take several days before the lethargic bird responds, and even longer before plans can be made for its release.“If we can get her past the tough part, we have to see,” she said.“With any seabird species we need them to be in excellent body condition and then also have pristine feathers so that their waterproofing is 100 per cent before they are released.”The brown booby is a large seabird, with a wing span of nearly 1.5-metres and is identified by a solid brown head, neck, back and wings, with a white chest and lower body and a yellow beak.The bird is usually spotted in Mexico, California and Hawaii where it’s renowned for dramatic 20 metre plunges into the sea to catch seafood such as squid and anchovies.Sans said it was the first time the centre has cared for one of these seabirds, and staff are mulling the logistics of how to get it further south, if that’s determined to be the safest way to release the bird when the time comes.last_img read more

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Montrealer taken on starlight tour by police settles for 25000

first_imgMONTREAL – A man who was taken on a so-called starlight tour by two Montreal police officers in May 2012 has settled with the city for $25,000, but expressed disappointment the city dismissed his proposals to fight racial profiling and discrimination.Julian Menezes, who is of South Asian descent, was driven around town handcuffed in the back of a cruiser and dropped off far from home after the officers had hurled racial slurs at him.Menezes, 36, told a news conference Tuesday he’s relieved the case, which centred on racial profiling and excessive force, is complete.But he added he would be lying if he said the incident hasn’t had a bit of a chilling effect on how he views law enforcement.“I try to check that and I try to say it happened to me but this isn’t every police officer,” he said. “But I’m suspicious, I’m reticent and I try to avoid police as much as I can.”He expressed disappointment the City of Montreal did not consider measures to address what he calls systemic discrimination.“I thought I was a full and equal citizen,” Menezes said. “It strips you of your citizenship, it makes you feel like you don’t belong here.”One of the officers involved was former police officer Stefanie Trudeau, who was best known by her badge number, “Agent 728.”Trudeau, who has since left the police force, gained notoriety in Quebec around that time after a number of high-profile incidents caught on video put her in the spotlight.Menezes said he was detained as he attempted to defend a cyclist who was being intimidated by police during an arrest.He said he was handcuffed and dumped into the cruiser without a seat belt, with his face slamming against the Plexiglas divider as he was driven around erratically.Menezes was dumped in a Tim Horton’s parking lot across town with no money and a $146 ticket.The Quebec Human Rights Commission upheld the complaint and initially awarded Menezes $40,000 in 2017, but the city challenged the award.The settlement, reached in June, comes without an admission of responsibility from authorities.It also didn’t come with an apology, which Menezes said he would have appreciated.“It’s an important step for restitution, it’s an acknowledgment of wrongdoing and that’s the only way we can move forward to say there are things that happened that we need to remedy,” Menezes said.Fo Niemi, executive director of the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR), a civil rights advocacy group, agreed such a gesture would be important and that change must come from the top, such as the police chief or the mayor’s office.“An apology does not carry liability, an apology is an acknowledgment of the fact that a citizen has not been treated well,” he said.Menezes said the city did sanction a social and racial profiling program in March.“There are a lot of measures in there which speak to my experience and speak to the remedies we were thinking were essential, and it helped me make a settlement,” he said.Alain Babineau, a former RCMP officer who is a law intern at CRAAR specializing in racial profiling, said the type of behaviour described in Menezes’ case shouldn’t occur.“The starlight tour is one of many other practices that shouldn’t happen in policing,” Babineau said.“In this particular case, there was a settlement, but was there an acknowledgment that something was wrong?,” he said. “I’m not particularly surprised that something happened, but I’m surprised at how it was responded to.”last_img read more

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Drake wins rap song Grammy Childish Gambino makes history

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Drake surprised the music world Sunday when he emerged on the Grammy stage to accept the best rap song trophy but told the room of musicians that winning awards isn’t necessary if you have real fans attending your concerts and singing your songs.Drake, who rarely attends awards shows, won the honor for his massive hit “God’s Plan.”“You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown. Look, if there are people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here. I promise you. You already won,” he said at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.DRAKE’S HERE! “You’ve already won if you have people singing your songs word for word.” – @drizzy wins Best Rap Song at the #GRAMMYs #CitytvGRAMMYs He tried to continue speaking but was cut off as the ceremony suddenly went to a commercial.Rap has endured a longtime losing streak at the Grammys. The last time a rapper won album of the year was in 2004, with Outkast. Only a handful of rappers have won best new artist.Drake has a chance to become the first rapper to win record of the year later in the show. Childish Gambino made history when his track “This is America” became the first rap-based song to win song of the year. Gambino has won three awards so far, including best music video and best rap/sung performance.The Grammys kicked off with a group of powerful women, including Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, describing the role of music in their lives — a display that came a year after female voices were somewhat muted at the 2018 ceremony.“Music has always helped me tell my story,” said Obama, who surprised the audience with her appearance. “Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves. It allows us to hear one another.”Lady Gaga, from left, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez speak at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Gaga told the crowd: “They said I was weird, that my look, that my choices, that my sound wouldn’t work. But music told me not to listen to them.”Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez also spoke and stood in solidary with Obama, Gaga and Alicia Keys, who is hosting the show airing on CBS.“Yes, ladies,” Keys said. “There’s nothing better than this.”The opening contrasted with last year’s Grammys, where male acts dominated in nominations and the only woman competing for the top award, Lorde, didn’t get a chance to perform onstage.But this year, Gaga, Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves won three Grammys each.Carlile took three honors in the Americana category and will compete for the three biggest awards during the live show: album, song and record of the year.Gaga also won three, including best pop duo/group performance, a win she shared with Bradley Cooper.Gaga, now a nine-time Grammy winner, won best pop solo performance for “Joanne,” while hit “Shallow,” from “A Star is Born,” was named best song written for visual media. The song is nominated for an Oscar and also won at the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the Satellite Awards.Women have a strong presence in the top categories. Five of the eight album-of-the-year nominees are women, including Carlile’s “By the Way, I Forgive You,” Janelle Monae’s “Dirty Computer,” Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy,” Musgraves’ “Golden Hour,” and H.E.R.’s self-titled album are also in contention.Six of the best-new-artist nominees are women, including H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.When asked about the lack of women in the top categories at the 2018 Grammys, Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said women need to “step up.” He later acknowledged that it was a “poor choice of words,” and his much-criticized remarks forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.Musgraves picked up best country album for “Golden Hour,” best country solo performance for “Butterflies” and best country song for “Space Cowboy.”“I never dreamed that this record would be met with such love,” she said onstage.She also gave a shout-out to her husband in the audience, saying she wouldn’t have been able to make the album if he “didn’t open my heart like you did.”Musgraves performed “Rainbow” from “Golden Hour” during the show, and hit the stage for a second time to honor Dolly Parton. Musgraves and Katy Perry joined forces for “Here You Come Again,” later joined by Parton herself. The icon sang a duet version of “Jolene” with Miley Cyrus, who often covers the classic song. But the country music icon truly shined when she sang “Red Shoes,” with country foursome Little Big Town providing background vocals.Diana Ross earned a standing ovation when she emerged onstage in a bright red dress to perform “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” and “The Best Years of My Life.” She celebrated her 75th birthday early with the performance, saying afterward, “Happy birthday to me!” Her actual birthday is March 26.R&B singer H.E.R., who won best R&B performance for “Best Part” with Daniel Caesar, stunned as she played her guitar and sang. Monae grooved onstage during “Make Me Feel,” backed by several dancers. Post Malone performed with Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Cardi B grinded onstage during her latest single, “Money.”Laura Daigle poses in the press room with the awards for best contemporary christian music performance/song for “You Say” and best contemporary christian music album for “Look Up Child” at the 61st annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)All four acts are nominated for album of the year.Ariana Grande won her first Grammy in the same week that she publicly blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show.“I know i’m not there tonight (trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things … but (expletive) … this is wild and beautiful,” she tweeted after learning about her win.Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle won two awards each. Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ella Mai, Pharrell Williams, Hugh Jackman, Stingy, Shaggy, Dave Chappelle, “Weird Al” Yankovic, the late Chris Cornell, Greta Van Fleet and even former President Jimmy Carter also picked up early awards ahead of the live show.There was a tie for best rap performance, and Drake was surprisingly not one of the winners. Drake’s “Nice for What” lost to Anderson Paak’s “Bubblin’” and Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake’s “King’s Dead,” from the “Black Panther” soundtrack.Beck was a double winner during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-classical) for “Colors.” Emily Lazar, one of the engineers who worked on the album and won alongside Beck, said onstage that she was the first female mastering engineer to win in the latter category.___Online: https://www.grammy.com/last_img read more

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Facebook aims to reduce antivaxxer messages ads as part of safety campaign

first_imgVANCOUVER — A British Columbia mother who launched a petition urging parents against vaccination to home school their children says Facebook’s plan to tackle misinformation about immunization doesn’t go far enough.Katie Clunn of Maple Ridge says the social media giant should outright ban any posts against immunization instead of reducing their distribution.Nearly 45,000 people have signed Clunn’s petition since she started it about three weeks ago after a measles outbreak that has now reached at least 17 cases in Metro Vancouver.So-called anti vaxxers have used social media to spread misinformation about the highly contagious disease, some maintaining the measles, mumps and rubella or MMR vaccine causes autism despite that belief being repeatedly debunked through scientific research.Facebook says it aims to reduce the ranking of groups and pages that spread misinformation and will reject such ads when it finds them but simply removing “provocative thinking” will not build awareness around facts.Clunn says the site that has been widely accused of allowing misinformation to continue on a range of topics needs to do more to protect children from “dangerous” groups that deal in paranoia, not science. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Solitary confinement bill passes in Senate with changes supported by 100 lawyers

first_imgOTTAWA — A bill that aims to end solitary confinement has passed in the Senate with a number of amendments — changes a large group of lawyers and law societies say are necessary to ensure the bill stays on the right side of the law.Senators passed Bill C-83 at third reading Wednesday, complete with a package of amendments including adding judicial oversight to decisions about isolating prisoners, more supports for inmates with mental illnesses and community-based options for rehabilitating Indigenous people and members of other vulnerable populations. Now, it will be up to the Liberal government to decide whether to accept the proposed changes. More than 100 legal experts say the bill would be unconstitutional if passed without the amendments.“It has already been decided in two separate decisions (in B.C. and Ontario courts) that segregation without a cap and without independent oversight violates the Charter,” the lawyers wrote in a letter sent to senators this week.“With respect, we submit that passing a bill while knowing full well that it is unconstitutional is not only a waste of taxpayers’ money, but it also raises questions regarding Canada’s commitment to the rule of law.”Last October, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Bill C-83 would end the practice of segregating federal prisoners who pose risks to security or to themselves.Inmates who do pose risks would instead be moved to new “structured intervention units,” where they are supposed to get better programming and mental-health care, and more contact with other people.In their letter, the lawyers say they believe these new units are solitary confinement under a different name — a concern that has been echoed by a number of human-rights organizations.The lawyers and legal scholars who signed the letter are urging the government to pass the bill with the amendments made by the Senate committee that studied the issue.“We believe that these amendments transform what was a meaningless bill into a document that has the potential to make some positive changes in the lives of prisoners and uphold Canada’s international human rights obligations.”Sen. Kim Pate, who sponsored many of the changes and who has been a lifelong advocate for prisoners’ rights, said she remains optimistic the Liberal government will accept the revisions.But if the changes that would have judges examine isolation decisions are not accepted, she said it will remain unconstitutional.“I think the amendments will be recognized for what they are — that they actually strengthen the legislation, they help the government pursue their very laudable stated objectives of the bill and my hope is that they will be accepted.”Goodale’s spokesperson, Scott Bardsley, said the minister will announce the government’s response to the Senate’s amendments within days.But he also said the minister vigorously disagrees that Bill C-83 just preserves solitary confinement under a different name, and stressed the new intervention units will be qualitatively different: inmates will be legally entitled to meaningful human contact every day, and programs and rehabilitation will be provided.As for judicial oversight, Bardsley said having isolation decisions reviewed by judges on a routine basis “would be a considerable and unnecessary burden on the court system.”“C-83 not only creates a new way of managing inmates who need to be separated for safety reasons, it also creates meaningful external review of those placements,” Bardsley said.Independent external decision-makers will be added to review cases if inmates don’t get their minimum hours out of their cells or minimum hours of meaningful human contact within a prescribed time period.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Indigenous candidates hurt frustrated by Trudeau blackface photos

first_imgVANCOUVER — Indigenous candidates from multiple parties say they felt shock, pain and frustration when they saw newly surfaced photos of Justin Trudeau made up in brownface and blackface.Candidates reacted to the scandal engulfing the Liberal leader at the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations annual general meeting in Vancouver today.Joan Phillip, an NDP candidate in B.C.’s Interior, says it’s absolutely unacceptable that Trudeau did such a thing at age 29, and if he had any integrity he would step down.A Green candidate in a Vancouver Island riding, Lydia Hwitsum, says she was hurt by the image and it’s frustrating to see a leader who can’t set the sort of example that Canada deserves.The Liberal candidate in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Michelle Corfield, says she was disappointed but she hopes Canada listens to Trudeau’s apology and learns something from his past actions.Green Leader Elizabeth May and Independent candidates Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott also attended the conference and all condemned Trudeau’s photographs, with May saying she felt “physically ill” when she saw them.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees On SyriaJordan Border

first_imgUNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie travelled to the Jordan-Syria border overnight on Wednesday-Thursday to meet frightened and exhausted Syrian refugees who had just completed the perilous crossing to safety in Jordan.UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with refugees at the Za’atri refugee camp in Jordan.Credit/Copyright: UNHCR/J.Tanner“What I saw last night is a dramatic example of the plight of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have been uprooted by the fighting and are in a desperate search for safety,” Jolie said Thursday on her second mission to the region in three months.“Civilians inside the country are being targeted. Many of those trying to flee are exposed to extreme danger right up to the border itself. I appeal to all sides in the conflict to do all they can to ensure the safe passage of these innocent civilians.”Nearly half a million Syrians fleeing intensified fighting have been registered in neighboring countries since the conflict began. Hundreds of thousands more are unregistered, but are expected to come forward for help in the next few months as their resources become depleted.Since Jolie’s last visit in September, the number of registered refugees in the region has increased by more than 200,000 and in Jordan alone by nearly 50,000. The sprawling Za’atri refugee camp north of Amman has doubled in size.Upon arrival in Amman on Wednesday night, Jolie travelled immediately to the border, about an hour’s drive north of the capital. In a briefing with border officers, she praised Jordan for welcoming Syrian refugees despite serious social and economic strains.“The incredible compassion shown to these traumatized refugee families by the Jordanian border guards tonight was extremely moving,” she said, noting that the troops were on duty along the tense frontier 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Jordan has welcomed the refugees even though it has placed a huge burden on the country. The international community needs to show more solidarity and to support Jordan and the other countries in the region who continue to keep their borders open.”The Special Envoy spoke with several refugees who had just fled across the border in total darkness to two remote border reception stations overlooking a broad plain straddling the frontier. The distant thud of artillery could be heard north of the border, where the lights of Syrian towns were visible. In all, 328 refugees arrived in Jordan during the night. Around the region, some 2,000 refugees flee to neighboring countries daily.“We had a beautiful, hospitable country,” one refugee told Jolie. “We always helped one another. Now, there’s nothing left and we can’t even help each other.”Medical staff at the border post said at least six of those who arrived overnight had to be hospitalized, some with bullet wounds. Jolie was stunned by one medic’s account of a wounded child who had lost his leg. “It was extremely upsetting to hear the story of an eight-year-old boy who upon arrival in Jordan explained to doctors that he had asked his family to carry his severed leg along on the journey in hopes that it could be reattached,” she said.“I’m sickened by how long and how bloody this conflict has become, devastating a nation and the lives of millions of innocent civilians, and threatening to destabilize the entire region. I call on the international community to do everything possible to find a solution to this tragedy and support the struggling humanitarian operations both inside Syria and in Jordan and the other surrounding countries.”On Thursday, Jolie visited Za’atri refugee camp, where those who arrive nightly at Jordan’s remote border crossings with Syria are transferred. UNHCR and its partners are in a race against time to prepare the camp and its more than 30,000 residents for winter, along with hundreds of thousands of other refugees throughout the region.Among the refugees she visited in the camp was a family of eight she had met the night before at the border, shortly after they had crossed from Syria. They had already been provided with a tent and an aid package of household items ranging from warm blankets to kitchen utensils. Although their tent is not designed for winter weather – that will come later – they were nevertheless thankful for the help they had received on their first day in the camp.“We’re very grateful for what we’ve received, and even more grateful to finally be in a safe place,” the head of family said. “Now we’re eager to find out about schools for the children.”The Special Envoy viewed a number of the winter projects under way in the camp, where overnight temperatures are dropping to freezing. Tents are being reinforced and better insulated to protect against the weather, including the addition of “porches” where gas heaters are being placed. Some 30,000 high thermal blankets are being distributed, along with winter clothing.A storm drainage system is being built and a layer of crushed rock spread throughout the camp to channel water away from shelters and prevent mud and standing water. In addition, more than 1,300 prefabricated shelters have been erected and another 1,300 should be in place within three weeks.“Winter is already here and UNHCR and its partners still lack 50 per cent of the funds needed to get everyone through the next few difficult months,” Jolie said.“Despite all the good work being done so far, it’s clear here on the ground that all the resources are now stretched to the limit. This is going to be a very tough few months. Winter can be harsh here, even dangerous for refugees who may already be weakened by their ordeal. Many have been brutalized in unimaginable ways. They deserve all the support we can give them.”Angelina Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, made a donation of US$50,000 Thursday afternoon for the purchase family tents for refugees. Later Thursday, Jolie was scheduled to conclude her mission with meetings with Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.Source:UNHCRlast_img read more

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Bryan Adams Cancels Concert Over LGBT Laws

first_imgBryan Adams is the latest star to cancel a show in protest over new LGBT laws.“Mississippi has passed anti-LGBT ‘Religious Liberty’ bill 1523. I find it incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against in the state of Mississippi,” he wrote in a statement. “I cannot in good conscience perform in a State where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation. Therefore I’m cancelling my 14 April show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Using my voice I stand in solidarity with all my LGBT friends to repeal this extremely discriminatory bill. Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans. I look forward to that day.”The news follows the cancelation of Bruce Springsteen’s show in North Carolina over the weekend.last_img read more

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Manchester United And UNICEF Champion Rights Of Young People In China

first_imgManchester United and UNICEF have joined forces during the club’s pre-season tour to champion the rights of underprivileged young people through a series of cultural activities.United legends Bryan Robson and Ji-sung Park, plus players Michael Carrick and Paddy McNair, also took part in a Q&A session, which was broadcast live on Chinese social media platform, Sina Weibo.Taking time out from the club’s pre-season tour of China, Robson, Park and the first-teamers spent time with six boys and girls from rural Gansu and Henan provinces, and encouraged them to talk about what matters in their lives.The young people are benefiting from a life skills education programme supported by Unicef in collaboration with the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).During the one hour interaction, the United players took part in the traditional Chinese game of shuttlecock kicking, before the teenagers shared stories of their experiences with the programme, for example overcoming problems at school and in their personal lives. The players gave advice on how to cope with setbacks and pressure, as well as how to be a good team player and lead a healthy lifestyle.“The players and I were honoured to be here today and to be a part of this incredible partnership. I’ve witnessed first-hand the great work that Unicef does to protect vulnerable children, and am proud that the club is so supportive,” said former United and England captain Bryan Robson. “Adolescence is a crucial stage of life. It’s great to hear these young people share their stories and to give them advice on how they can cope with some of the challenges they might face.”The players hope that their influence across the huge Manchester United fan base in China will help champion the rights of marginalised adolescents, and encourage young people to be the drivers of change.Adolescence is often a challenging time for young people; an exciting but often uncertain transition from dependency to independence, sometimes leading to confusion, pressure and even depression.“Adolescence is a valuable period of childhood in its own right, but it is also a critical period of transition and opportunity for improving life chances,” said Rana Flowers, Unicef Representative to China. “By providing positive and supportive opportunities that enrich the developmental environment during adolescence, it is possible to overcome some of the consequences of early childhood harm and build resilience to mitigate future harm. With their passion, resilience and commitment, players from Manchester United can be positive role models for young people, inspiring them to strive for success.”The programme opened another door in my life,” said Zhang Bin, a 16-year-old boy from Gansu who migrated to work in the provincial capital after dropping out of school. “I took part in the training programme two years ago and it gave me the first-ever chance to live in a city, learn computer skills, access the Internet and visit a museum.”The United for Unicef partnership is now in its 17th year and has raised over £4m, helping Unicef to change the lives of millions of vulnerable children worldwide. It is the longest running partnership of its kind between a sporting organisation and a global children’s organisation.last_img read more

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Seth Meyers Meryl Streep And Groundbreaking Film Moonlight To Be Honored At

first_imgThe Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, has announced that both the groundbreaking film Moonlight and comedian Seth Meyers will be honored at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.As previously announced, HRC will also honor critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning actress Meryl Streep at the event which raises crucial funds in the fight for full LGBTQ equality.“Moonlight has captured the hearts and minds of audiences across the country,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The film triumphs in its portrayal of the struggles that many in this country face every day because of discriminatory barriers that still exist, especially if you’re young, African American, and LGBTQ. We are proud to recognize the brilliance of Moonlight with the HRC Visionary Arts Award and welcome playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney to accept the award.”Moonlight, which tells the story of a young black gay man, is inspired by the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, who will accept the award on behalf of the film. HRC recently sat down with the film’s writer and director, Barry Jenkins, as well as McCraney, to discuss the groundbreaking film and the issues of bullying and masculinity. Richard Brody of The New Yorker said, “Blasting aside conventions, archetypes, and stereotypes, Jenkins conjures the birth of an individual’s consciousness, the forging of a complex and multifaceted identity; he restores complexity to the very idea of identity, of the multiplicity as well as the singularity of being oneself — and he conveys his own primordial sense of wonder that art itself can conjure it.” Moonlight is the winner of the 2017 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Drama.HRC also announced the organization will honor Emmy-Award winning writer Seth Meyers with the HRC Equality Award. Using his perfectly-timed wit and off-the-cuff satire, Meyers has helped to draw attention to discriminatory legislation targeting LGBTQ people across the country, including North Carolina’s deeply discriminatory House Bill 2.“Seth Meyers’ has wielded his talent and humor to raise awareness about deeply serious issues impacting LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Through his comedy, Meyers’ consistently speaks out against discrimination, exposing the false premises and irrational efforts by opponents of equality. We look forward to welcoming Seth Meyers to this year’s HRC Greater New York Gala and honoring him with the HRC Equality Award.”Seth Meyers is an Emmy Award-winning writer and current host of Late Night with Seth Meyers. He was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014. He was also the former head writer for Saturday Night Live. In 2011, Meyers won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue. Meyers also garnered 14 additional Emmy nominations for his work as a writer in television.In December, HRC announced that critically-acclaimed actress and LGBTQ-icon Meryl Streep will be honored at the event with the National Ally for Equality Award. For almost 40 years, Meryl Streep has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through film and television. An outspoken advocate for LGBTQ equality, Streep credits childhood music teachers for helping to open her eyes to LGBTQ acceptance, including her gay piano teacher and his partner, and another transgender music teacher. “I just can’t remember when LGBT people were not in my life,” Streep said in an interview.The Greater New York Gala is one of HRC’s most prestigious events of the year, attracting more than 1,000 of the organization’s most active leaders, supporters, and members. The event regularly draws political officials from federal, state, and local governments, as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders in the business community. To purchase tickets for the #HRCGreaterNY gala, learn more about the event, ways to volunteer, and more, please visit www.HRCGreaterNY.org.last_img read more

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Madonna Announces Charity Fundraising Campaign To Celebrate 60th Birthday

first_imgMadonna is asking fans to help celebrate her 60th birthday by raising money for Raising Malawi.The star hopes to raise $60,000 before her birthday on August 17.“I have an unwavering commitment to providing vulnerable children with a loving home,” said Madonna. “For my birthday, I can think of no better gift than connecting my global family with this beautiful country and the children who need our help most. Every dollar raised will go directly to meals, schools, uniforms and healthcare. I want to come together with my friends, fans and supporters to change the lives of Malawian children and let them know they are nurtured, protected and loved. Through their generous commitment to this organization, Ripple will match each dollar donated to this campaign.”The fundraiser will run from July 30 through August 31 and utilizes Facebook’s charitable giving tools, which charge no processing fees, meaning 100% of every contribution goes directly to Raising Malawi’s work at Home of Hope orphanage, located in a rural, high-need area of Malawi.To find out more and donate, click here.last_img read more

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From North Van to Blade Runner 2 rising star Mackenzie Davis

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Davis is also being lauded for her breakout performance in Always Shine, a psychological thriller in which she stars alongside Caitlin Fitzgerald that tells the story of two jealous and competitive friends attempting to reconnect during a weekend trip to Big Sur. The film premiered at the Tribeca Festival in April, and is expected to hit North American screens later this year.To top things off, when reached for a chat Davis was in Budapest, working with Quebec director Denis Villeneuve (of Sicario, Prisoners, and forthcoming sci-fi film Arrival fame) on the sequel to director Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic Blade Runner. Mackenzie Davis is riding a rocket to superstardom.The Vancouver-bred 29-year-old is having her best career year yet following a show-stealing performance in The Martian as NASA satellite communications engineer Mindy Park, and things are only looking up.The third season of AMC’s hit series Halt and Catch Fire, in which Davis plays renegade programmer Cameron Howe, is launching on Aug. 23. Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe – Halt and Catch Fire _ Season 2, Gallery – Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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I used to look at the stars and think my mom and

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission tasked with gathering testimony from survivors of residential schools has completed their second national event.The hearings were held over four days in Inuvik, NT.Staff from the commission produced a number of stories over that time and APTN is broadcasting one now.This story from the TRC is about those who are brave enough to confront the painful past.last_img

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